The humble potato masher might seem like a straightforward product, but it can still be difficult to find a good one. Many mashers are flimsily built and will break after just a few months of use. Others are heavy and uncomfortable to use. We’ve researched the market and picked out the best potato mashers available in the UK. Read our reviews below.
Best Potato Mashers in the UK
1. OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher
This potato masher from OXO has a large, comfy non-slip acrylic handle and a stainless steel head that measures 12 x 16 cm. The large head makes this masher useful for mashing large quantities of potato.
One of the unusual things about this masher is that the handle is horizontal rather than vertical. This masher is very comfortable and easy to use and is a good choice if you find other potato mashers uncomfortable. The OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher is also dishwasher safe so it’s very easy to clean.
2. Jamie Oliver JB8500 Potato Masher
This potato masher from Jamie Oliver has a more standard design, with a vertical handle. The masher is mainly made out of stainless steel, though the handle also uses plastic for added comfort.
The head has large holes on the outside and smaller holes on the inside, which helps create a smooth mash without any lumps.
One of the unusual things about this masher is that it has a side scraper which you can use to dislodge mash stuck to the side of the bowl, so none of it is wasted.
Like the OXO masher reviewed above, the Jamie Oliver JB8500 Potato Masher is dishwasher safe so it’s straightforward and easy to clean.
This masher is comfortable to use and effective, though some buyers have found that the handle and silicone parts came loose after a few weeks or months of use.
3. Masha Electric Potato Masher
This potato masher from Masha is sure to appeal to anyone that loves a kitchen gadget. However, this kitchen gadget really works. This masher is perfect for mashing potatoes, baby food and whatever else you can mash! And, once you have tried the Masha, you’ll want to blend everything.
This electric potato masher is basically a hand blender so it will do all of the tasks that a typical hand blender can do. However, it comes with a few different blades so that you can control the consistency of the potatoes and anything else you mash/blend. Plus, it is really simple to use and clean. If you love a kitchen gadget that is built well and really works, the Masha will be right up your street!
4. Joyoldelf Stainless Steel Potato Masher
This stainless steel masher has a very classic design. However, the flat face and the circular holes have been designed to ensure that this potato masher performs extremely well in anyone’s hands. It is very easy to control thanks to the solid rubber handle too. Plus, there is a bit of weight behind this masher to ensure that it is easy to get the potatoes to a consistency that you want.
Also, this potato masher comes with a loop on the handle to make it easy to hang up. Plus, the face and the handle of this masher are all one piece of bent stainless steel. So, this potato masher is built to last a long time. Plus, as it’s stainless steel, it is also easy to clean and will look great in your kitchen for years to come.
5. KitchenCraft Ergonomic Stainless Steel Potato Masher
This masher has a different design to the two reviewed above. Instead of using a sort of grid with holes to mash potato, this masher has nine blades parallel to one another with gaps in between. According to the manufacturer, this makes mashing potato quicker and easier.
The blades are made from stainless steel, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe so it’s easy to clean. If you don’t have a dishwasher, the blades are easier to clean in the sink than a more conventional masher head would be.
The KitchenCraft Ergonomic Stainless Steel Potato Masher is nice and light and has a soft ergonomic handle, so it’s a good choice if you find other mashers difficult to use.
6. WMF Profi Plus Potato Masher
Here we have another impressive stainless steel potato masher. This one has a very sleek and lightweight design. The face of this masher has small holes for the mashed potato to pass through, this means that you can get very fine mashed potatoes with this masher. Also, the face of this masher is welded on to the handle, which is a piece of split stainless steel rod. This is a powerful way of joining stainless steel. So, this masher is just as robust as it is sleek.
With the very nice streamline design of this masher, you can likely store this in your cutlery drawer. Still, there is a loop at the end of the handle if you’d prefer to keep your shiny, pretty masher on display. Overall, this is an excellent potato masher for those looking for a lightweight but robust potato masher.
7. Farberware Professional Potato Masher
This potato masher was designed for professional kitchens. Still, for the home chef, it can provide all of your mashing needs for years. This is another stainless steel masher, so it’s nice and easy to clean. It is also extremely robust, perhaps more so than most of the mashers on this list.
As you can see, the face of this potato masher is bent stainless steel. So this masher is bent from a single stainless steel rod that is heated evenly throughout this process. This means that there is no weak spot on this masher at all.
Also, thanks to the design of the face of this masher, it mashes extremely well. Still, you don’t get bits of potato stuck in the notches all the time, a rather annoying fact about other potato mashers that I’m sure we’re all too familiar with. This professional potato masher is sleek and performs extremely well.
Choosing a Potato Masher
Metal or Plastic?
Something to consider when buying a potato masher is whether to go with a metal masher or a plastic (nylon) masher. This choice of masher may seem a bit trivial, but it can make a lot of difference in your mashing.
For example, metal mashers are typically heavier than their plastic counterparts. This means that you can rely on their weight during mashing. Also, metal mashers are a bit easier to clean than plastic ones.
With a metal potato masher, you can really put some elbow grease to them without any fears of breaking them. With a plastic masher, you may find that the plastic can become brittle over time and so you can’t mash with them or clean them as thoroughly.
Just one more thing. Metal mashers will typically last a lot longer than most plastic mashers. You see, metal mashers are generally one piece of bent metal rather than a piece of plastic that has been injected moulded. If the plastic hasn’t been moulded correctly, which is often the case with cheaper plastic parts, this can mean that the potato masher will fail quickly.
Potato mashers are far more complex than you first thought, right?!
Potato Masher vs. Ricer
You’re probably aware that there’s more than one way to mash a potato! You could use a fork, a potato masher, or a potato ricer.
A potato ricer is a bit like a large garlic press that turns boiled potato into small grains of mashed potato with a rice-like consistency. If you use a ricer you won’t get any lumps—all of the potato will be very finely riced. However, it takes longer to use a ricer than a potato masher.
Ultimately, which you prefer is a matter of personal preference. Below is a summary of the pros and cons of each.
- Potato masher: Quicker to use but harder to get a fine and consistent mash. Can be uncomfortable to use.
- Potato ricer: Creates a finer mash but is more time-consuming to use. More comfortable to use.
If you think you’d prefer to use a potato ricer, check out our reviews of the best potato ricers in the UK.
If we had to pick just one of these mashers to recommend, it would be the OXO Good Grips Smooth Potato Masher. It has a tough stainless-steel and a comfy nylon handle, making it both effective and easy to use.
Hope this article helped you choose the perfect tool for making mashed potato!
Scott is a writer and a passionate home chef. His passion for cooking began when he was 10 years old. Scott has been writing professionally for over five years now and loves to combine his passion for cooking with his day job.